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05-21-2002, 07:27
Act 2

December 1944,

Whiskey Given to "Ike" Made in Nelson County

Seventeen junkenting Congressmen in the European theater of war presented General Dwight D. Eisenhower with a bottle of Kentucky bourbon whiskey, bearing a special label with a picture of General Eisenhower and the inscription;

"This 8-year old Kentucky bourbon whiskey presented to General Eisenhower by Chairman May, House Committee on Military Affairs".

The whiskey, which the general immediately sent to a nearby field hospital for wounded men, was distilled and bottled by the Old Heaven Hill Springs Distilling Company of Bardstown, Nelson County.

Need I mention that the Master Distiller was my great-grandfather Joseph L. Beam.

I have lots and lots and lots of records and artifacts about the early days of bourbon in Kentucky.....I will post them here from time to time......

Bettye Jo

05-21-2002, 17:34
Yes, bourbon is a real part of real history. Real men such as Ike drank it and thought enough of it to share it with his troops.

I know you are proud of your family. You have every right to be.

Oh, I wish Americans could regain control of this American industry.